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Gujarat Chief Minister opens Adi Mahotsav at Ahmedabad Haat

    “Central Government to open six Tribal Museums in India, including one at Rajpipla in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.100-cr”

    “Centre committed to make tribal people self-reliant, provide their skills access to global market”      

    – Vijay Rupani 

    Gujarat Minister Vijay Rupani today said that the Central Government is committed to make the country’s tribal population self-reliant, provide their skills access to global market.

    Inaugurating the Adi Mahotsav organised by the Union Ministry of Tribal Welfare at Ahmedabad Haat in Vastrapur locality here, he said the objective of organising this tribal festival is to preserve and promote the tribal arts, culture and heritage.

    Mr. Rupani said that Prime Minister has pledged to build six Tribal Museums in India to commemorate tribal freedom fighters like Birsa Munda and Govind Guru. One such museum will be built at Rajpipla in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.100-crore.

    He explained how the State Government is keen to handover the rights of land and forest produce to the tribal people living in state’s eastern belt extending from Ambaji to Umargaon under the PESA Act.

    Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jashwantsinh Bhabhor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of New India is to integrate the tribal people in the national mainstream. He appreciated Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s support in implementing the empowerment to the tribal people.

    Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) Managing Director Pravin Krishna in his welcome address exuded confidence that the tribal festivals like Adi Mahotsav would go a long way to provide tribal people a big global market for their artefact and handicraft. The aim is to bring 10 lakh tribal under its fold every year.

    Those present on the occasion included MLAs Bhupendrabhai Patel and Rakeshbhai Shah, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel, Women’s Commission Chairperson Leelaben Ankolia, Tribal Department Secretary R.C. Meena, Commissioner Ranjit Kumar, DDO A.M. Babu and tribal artisans from all over the country.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat